US President Donald Trump praised the Supreme Court’s decision to review the legality of his temporary ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees, and to allow it to be partly implemented in the meantime.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department looks forward to defending the travel ban when the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case in October.
The order, which among other things lowered the number of refugees to be permitted entry to the USA, blocked Syrian refugees from entering the country indefinitely, and also banned immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, was created in the midst of an on-going, worldwide refugee crisis sparked by civil war in Syria and unrest throughout the globe.
The Supreme Court ruled that a complete ban went too far, and it only blocked that part affecting those with “standing” to challenge Trump’s executive order in US courts.
In March, Trump issued a revised travel ban barring most new immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days and halting the acceptance of refugees for 120 days. However, the Supreme Court isn’t back in session to hear arguments on the travel ban until October.
Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, said the impact of the court’s decision will fall on “the most vulnerable of the world’s populations, including refugee women and girls, survivors of violence and torture, and refugee children”.
Trump has called his second executive order “watered down”, and “politically correct”.
The loophole is this: the opinion applies only to “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States“.
“I think from the optics of politics, President Trump is likely to see this as a legitimation of his policy”, said Jones.
In the beginning of March, President Trump proposed a new travel ban in which Iraq was excluded. In the meantime, nonresident aliens applying for visas who have never been to the US, or have no family, business or other ties, can be prohibited from entry into the country. The other parts of the ban against citizens of the six Muslim-majority countries listed who have relationships with Americans or American entities remain on hold.
America’s highest court also granted an emergency request from the White House allowing part of the refugee ban to go into effect. “I want people who can love the United States and all of it’s citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive”.
The decision endorsed the Trump administration’s contention that the president deserves greater deference from the courts on national security matters. The national survey of more than 22,000 registered voters from February 10 through February 27 found that 54 percent of respondents approved of the ban, while 40 percent disapproved of it. They said it violated federal immigration law and was discriminatory against Muslims, with all but the appeals court saying it is unconstitutional.